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Whittlets Victoria victorious over Valspar in Presidents Cup Final

Whittlets Victoria 4

Number 7 45+3, 83, Boyd 63, Fitzsimmons 76

Valspar FC 1

Hughes 25
  • Saturday, 20 May 2017
  • Dam Park
  • Under 19´s
  • Presidents Cup

Whittlets Victoria put in a top of the table performance to beat Valspar FC in the Presidents Cup Final. The cup final clash saw 1st placed Whittlets take on 3rd  placed Valspar, both of which were confident having won their most recent league games. 

The confidence of Valspar’s recent win over 2nd place Bonnyton Thistle showed and they started off the game brightly.In the 4th minute, Graham Anderson spotted Dylan Lawrie off his line and took a speculative shot from 40 yards out, however it flew over the bar.

Valspar then continued to dominate the opening exchanges, with Whittlets looking happy to try and counter them. A tactic which nearly paid off, when Lee McLymont found Robbie Urie on the edge of the box, however his powerful shot was well saved by Shane McWee.

From the resulting corner Valspar cleared and following a defensive mistake Declan Hughes raced through on goal. The number 7 then showed superb skill to bamboozle not one but 2 Whittlets’ defenders with two fake shots outside the box. One on one with Lawrie he showed excellent composure to slot past the goalkeeper and give Valspar the lead in the 25th minute.

Whittlets quickly responded to going behind by penning Valspar back straight from the kick off. This pressure nearly paid off when, in the 33rd minute, a defensive mistake from Valspar saw the ball fall to McLymont in space in the box. However, he failed to control the ball properly and took a rushed shot which was well saved by McWee.

2 minutes later, Alistair Boyle lined up a free-kick just behind the D, he hit the ball well and it took a deflection which caused it to cannon off the post. It looked unlikely that Whittlets were going to get an equaliser before half time, despite their intense pressure.

However, they did deep into added time with McLymont finding the Whittlets number 7 who lifted the ball by McWee and towards the back of the net. The ball hit off the post before being cleared by a Valspar defender but it was judged to have gone in by the linesman, putting Whittlets back into the match in 45+3. 

 

  • Half Time:
  • Whittlets Victoria
  • 1-1
  • Valspar FC

As Whittlets kicked off the second half we saw an immediate change in the match dynamic with Whittlets now pressing higher up the pitch and Valspar trying to break. Both sides had chances at the beginning of the second half.

In the 52nd minute Boyle showed nice feet and found space at the edge of the box, however his shot went just wide of the left hand post. 3 minutes later, Anderson found space at the edge of the box, but he blazed his shot over the bar.

The pressure from Whittlets began to build as the match went on and they found the breakthrough in the 63rd minute. A corner was whipped in from the right, which McWee got a hand to, but could only help it on towards Andrew Boyd who headed in at the back post.

Whittlets continued to dominate the game after going into the lead with Valspar struggling to get on the ball.

Despite this, they did nearly equalise in the 74th minute when a corner whipped in from the right found Fraser McMillan in the middle of the box, but the defender could only head over. Valspar began to tire under the Whittlets pressure and conceded again in the 76th minute.

A great ball from the left wing found Liam Fitzsimmons at the near post who headed home, to give his side a two goal cushion.

Seven minutes later another cross into the box led to yet another Whittlets goal. McWee came rushing out to claim the ball but he was beaten in the air by a Whittlets attacker and the ball looped over him. Whittlets blue haired number 7 was then on hand to tap the ball into the back of an empty net  and grab his second goal of the game .

Whittlets claimed the Presidents Cup after the game with wild celebrations and look good for a double, whilst Valspar were unable to add to their William Taylor Cup final win 2 weeks ago.  

 

  • Full Time:
  • Whittlets Victoria
  • 4-1
  • Valspar FC

Lineups

Whittlets Victoria
Valspar FC
1. Dylan Lawrie
2. Fraser Lamont
4. Kyle Watson
6. Calum Reddick
8. Cameron Ross
9. Alan Murphy
10. Morgan Bird
11. Lee McLymont
12. Liam Fitzsimmons
15. Robbie Urie
16. Jamie McCorkell
17. Callum Ogston
18. Andrew Boyd
19. Jordan Nohar
20. Alistair Boyle
1. Shane McWee
3. Fraser McMillan
4. Graham Anderson
5. Lewis Hannah
6. Calum Walker
7. Declan Hughes
8. Cameron McKenzie
9. Fraser Dempsey
10. Thomas Dunlop
11. Miguel McIntosh
12. Euan Anderson
15. Ryan McCrone
16. Fraser Hay
17. Euan McIntyre
18. Ryan Speirs
23. Darrell Cotton
Star Player
Whittlets Victoria
Valspar FC
The star player for Whittlets was their number 11, Lee McLymont. The pacey winger had the left wing on lock down the whole game, both defensively and offensively. He set up the first Whittlets goal with a great pass to find his team mate in the box, and showed spectacular vision and deft dribbling throughout the match.
The star player for Valspar would have to be their goalkeeper Shane McWee. The young shot stopper did concede 4 goals, but it could have been a lot worse for Valspar if he didn’t pull out as many great saves as he did. One especially good save which comes to mind, was his save from McLymonts’ shot in the 33rd minute, where he closed down the winger well making himself big and saving well at the near post.
Magic Moment
Whittlets Victoria
Valspar FC
The moment of the match for Whittlets would have to be Liam Fitzsimmons’ header to put his side 3-1 up. A great ball into the box from the left was met by an equally great header, which nestled in the bottom left hand corner. The move for the goal was exquisite, as was the goal itself, and it sealed the game for Whittlets.
The moment of the match for Valspar would have to be Declan Hughes run and finish in the first half. The pacey striker benefited off a Whittlets mistake to race through against 2 defenders, he then showed superb skill to beat them both and sent them on to the floor. Inside the box he then showed excellent composure to slot past the goalkeeper and give his side the lead.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
Last modified on Monday, 22 May 2017 14:04
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